16 OCTOBER 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16392
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A school group from Glenurquhart Primary School visited the High Route on The Great Glen Way last week to see a new “troll” bridge they helped design.
Situated above the forest, the new High Route provides visitors with superb views over The Great Glen and Loch Ness, providing wonderful opportunities to view local wildlife.
At key viewpoints along the trail, bespoke designed stone and timber sculptures have been placed to give additional interest for visitors on the route. The primary school pupils were keen to inspect their work on the new “troll” bridge.
Following the visit, Sandra Reid from Forestry Commission Scotland said;
“The students very enthusiastically participated in the bridge’s creation by drawing pictures and writing poetry about trolls, leaves and the woodland faerie, Ghillie Dubh.
“We were very pleased to invite them along to see the bridge; it was a great day, and they all enjoyed the walk and the opportunity to learn about the different trees and wildlife along the trail.
“The route can be walked in short sections and we really hope the children’s drawings and poetry provide interest and encourage families to visit.”
The children’s pictures and poetry are displayed next to the troll bridge on a purpose built notice board, matching the bridge’s design. All the artwork created by local school children was displayed as part of the official opening by author and broadcaster Cameron McNeish on the 5th August at Fort Augustus Village Hall.
Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
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3. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
4. Media enquiries to Ian Cowe, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0300 067 5308.